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Friday, May 9, 2014

Polish contemporary architecture - churches by Stanislaw Niemczyk part 1/2 | IN MY LENS


Last year, living for a year  in Bielsko-Biała, southern Poland, I discovered fantastic churches of an outstanding contemporary Polish architect, Stanisław Niemczyk.

With his architecture he returns to the traditional way of building. His churches are being raised for years by local communities. In that way the communities around the churches are born long before the building itself is ready. He also personally participates in the construction, working physically with the people, just like the medieval architects-builders.

The architect is focused on the purpose of his work, not on some special style. Traditional arcs, cornices, vaults are all present in his architecture, it doesn't matter it's not "trendy" anymore. He uses natural materials - stone, wood, and - in an ingenious way - brick. He also pays great attention to the spaces around the churches and his churches become meeting places for the local communities. There is always space for the adults to talk and for children to play. 

Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland, 1995

Niemczyk used here brick in a traditional yet quite innovative way. He often uses bricks that would be normally considered "scraps" - burnt, irregular, and make them play important role on the facades.


Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły Czechowice-Dziedzice



Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły Czechowice-Dziedzice

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły Czechowice-Dziedzice

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły Czechowice-Dziedzice

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły Czechowice-Dziedzice

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły Czechowice-Dziedzice

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły Czechowice-Dziedzice

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły Czechowice-Dziedzice


Tychy, Poland, church of saint Francis of Assisi (under construction since 2000)

The church is still being built but it's already amazing (it is characteristyc for the architect - his buildings are beautiful from the beginning, they are so much more than concrete frameworks wearing glass and plaster clothings).
The bright, irregular stones make us think of some medieval southern city (maybe Assisi).


Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły kościół Franciszkanów Tychy

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły kościół Franciszkanów Tychy

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły kościół Franciszkanów Tychy

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły kościół Franciszkanów Tychy

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły kościół Franciszkanów Tychy

Stanisław Niemczyk kościoły kościół Franciszkanów Tychy


Next week I'll show you another church of Niemczyk. Did you like these two?


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